The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is a Quaker trust that makes grants of over £10m each year to support people tackling the root causes of conflict and injustice. We are looking to recruit additional trustees to our Board in 2020.

These exciting and challenging roles support people who are making a  positive difference; whether they are promoting peace in Northern Ireland, advocating for some of the most vulnerable people in our society or taking steps towards an environmentally sustainable future. 

As an all-Quaker trustee board we look after a responsibly invested endowment. Every year we make about 100 grants for all kinds of transformative charitable work across our five programme areas of Peace and Security, Rights and Justice, Power and Accountability, Sustainable Future and Northern Ireland.

Prospective trustees must be actively involved with Quakers. We welcome applications from Friends of all ages and backgrounds to this very rewarding voluntary role. In particular, we want to make the trustee board more diverse and inclusive in terms of ethnicity, age and social background.  

Trustees must be able to attend at least eight meetings per year and to spend regular time on Trust business.  We cover expenses including travel and childcare to ensure financial constraints are not an obstacle.

For further information and details of how to submit an expression of interest, please click here

- Would you like to hear more from our current trustees about the role and their experience?  Click here to watch a video.

The closing date is 9am on 24 February.


Grant committee member

Sustainable Future Committee: Vacancy for two committee members

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) wishes to appoint two, co-opted members to serve on its Sustainable Future committee from June 2020. The Committee are looking for individuals with experience in working with social movements and for individuals with a good understanding of behavioural economics, particularly in relation to the ‘Beyond Consumerism’ and ‘Better Economics’ strands of our grant-making policy.

Under the Sustainable Future programme, which was launched in 2014 to provide dedicated grants in the climate change field, the Trust supports work which builds support for, and understanding of, alternative forms of organising economies and societies which allow people and the planet to thrive. Part of this is an end to the carbon-dependent economics which we currently have.

The Trust recognises that historically, the environment movement has not been representative of all those who both suffer under climate harms and who have lived experience and knowledge to bring to the solutions to the crisis. To that end, the ‘New Voices’ strand of the programme is committed to expanding the movement and ensuring that under-represented communities are centred.

The role of a co-opted member is to strengthen the trustees’ grant-making knowledge. They contribute to reflections on the context within which we make our grants, advise on which new applications to support and offer ongoing critical input for existing grant-holders.  Knowledge of the policy landscape is important, as is an awareness of key organisations working in the field. An understanding of the broader context around climate, and/or knowing how small organisations, charities, community groups or campaigns work is also of benefit.

For more information, including information on how to apply, please click here.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 13 February 2020. 


Grant committee member

Power and Accountability Committee

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) wishes to appoint a co-opted member to join its Power and Accountability Committee from June 2020. The Committee is looking in particular for someone with experience of issues of democratic accountability and reform.

The Trust’s Power and Accountability programme is working towards a vision of a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are more responsive and accountable to wider society and more aligned with the long-term public interest. The programme supports a variety of approaches with a focus on systemic change to improve corporate accountability, support democratic reform and encourage a responsible media. The programme funds work primarily in the UK, with a small number of grants for pan-EU work. The grants policy for the programme is available at:

The role of a co-opted member is to complement the trustees’ grant-making knowledge with knowledge and experience of democracy. Knowledge of the policy landscape and current challenges and opportunities is important, as is an awareness of key organisations working in the field.

The committee usually meets three times per year, typically in February, June and October. The meetings are currently held in London from 11.00 until 15:30.

The main work of the committee is assessing grant applications. Co-opted members are fully involved in this process.

Click here for more information, including a person specification and how to apply 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17 January. All applications will be acknowledged. If we are interested in appointing you, we will arrange a meeting to discuss this further.

We hope to meet shortlisted applicants on Monday 27 January in London. Please hold this date if possible.


Invitation to tender

An options appraisal for piloting  a JRCT Movement Building Fund

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has a long history of supporting work to tackle the root causes of conflict and injustice. The Trust has traditionally emphasised work aimed at influencing policy and legislation, believing it to be the most effective route to structural change. The Trust has supported a limited amount of grassroots organising or direct movement building.

A shifting political context has seen setbacks across much of Europe for progressive causes. Against this backdrop, the Trust decided to learn about social movements. In particular, the Trust was interested to learn whether movements and movement building might offer something distinct to our model of affecting social change. Please see a summary report from a previous learning intiative here.

Our conclusion was that social movements are an important and largely missing element within our funding of social change. The Trust recognises that policy and legislative advocacy on its own is not enough to achieve the transformation that JRCT strives for, and that movements are often critical in shifting the public debate.

A social movement approach fits with our interest in tackling the root causes of conflict and injustice and offers a vehicle to shift power relations in society. It also connects with our ambition to broaden our geographical reach. The Trust has begun to embed learning about movements within each of its grant programmes and now wishes to pilot a support fund for movements.

 The purpose of this consultancy project is to develop and appraise a set of options for a pilot JRCT fund to test and evaluate an approach to support the work of movements in the UK.

Click here for more information, including how to apply

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12pm, Friday 24 January.